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Title: Today
Post by: sojourner on January 21, 2018, 11:21:45 AM
At this moment, I'm sitting in a darkened hospice room next to my sleeping oldest sister. She was diagnosed with an incurable cancer about 2 years ago, a bit more than a year after my husband's death from another cancer. My late husband and my two sisters were/are my best friends. Before long, it'll be down to just me and my remaining sister in my deepest friendship circle.  I'm again losing someone with a lifetime of shared history and experiences, as well. Losing LH was worse, and I know I'll see them both again, but this hard. So very hard.  :'(
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Post by: WifeLess on January 21, 2018, 12:28:30 PM
sojourner,

Heartbreaking. I wish for your sister a peaceful passing, and for you continued strength as you face yet another great loss.

 — Wifeless
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Post by: BrokenHeart2 on January 21, 2018, 01:25:29 PM
I am so sorry you are having to endure this sojourner.
Hugs to you
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Post by: CJF on January 21, 2018, 02:32:29 PM
I am sorry.  Prayers for you and your family.
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Post by: trying2breathe on January 21, 2018, 06:10:11 PM
So sorry that you are going through this.  I wish for some peaceful moments in the days ahead for you.
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Post by: klim on January 21, 2018, 06:31:36 PM
That's sad. Strength to you...
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Post by: RobFTC on January 21, 2018, 09:54:29 PM
Sojourner, I am so sorry you're in this place again.  I hope peace can attend your family.

Take care,
Rob T
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Post by: jgib on January 22, 2018, 02:36:08 AM
❤️
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Post by: Wheelerswife on January 22, 2018, 06:09:26 AM
I’m so sorry you are losing your beloved sister. Hospice vigils are so tiring, too - physically and emotionally.

Sigh. There really aren’t any words.

Hugs,

Maureen
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Post by: donswife on January 22, 2018, 06:32:07 AM
I am so sorry you are in this place again.

Sending you a strong hug
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Post by: Trying on January 22, 2018, 06:57:53 AM
I'm so sorry, sending you a hug and prayers for your family.
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Post by: MR on January 22, 2018, 10:01:23 AM
I am so sorry to hear about your sister condition. Hug and prayers for you and your loved ones.
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Post by: Julester3 on January 22, 2018, 08:56:11 PM
Thinking of you...
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Post by: jeudi on January 25, 2018, 08:31:06 AM
soujourner-

Support for you from here. 

I understand hard.

Judy
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Post by: Leadfeather on January 25, 2018, 08:42:12 AM
I am so sorry. Praying for you and your family.

Matthew
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Post by: beth_krkswidow on January 25, 2018, 11:16:29 AM
So sorry. So sorry
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Post by: Wife of Tomasz on January 25, 2018, 11:28:02 AM
so sorry for what you and your family are going through
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Post by: kjs1989 on January 25, 2018, 10:12:57 PM
I am so very sorry.
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Post by: tybec on January 26, 2018, 01:39:42 AM
I am very sorry.

My dear friend and fellow widow just went through this.  Her husband died of cancer in 2014 fall, and her sister had a baby in Dec. 2014 and suffered congestive heart failure afterwards, and she was 40.  Since then, she has been in and out of the hospital for multiple issues.  She was diagnosed with cancer this summer, and hospice in Sept.  My dear friend was struggling so much.  So close to her husband's death, cancer, and her sister passed right after Thanksgiving.

It is so hard to understand why so much was placed on her and her family.  It just is too much for her to carry.  I try to be supportive.  My mother died in early Nov. but it is not the same as her sister with a 3 yr old and other children.  Young and leaving children behind. 

I feel deeply for you and your family.  I understand the dwindling family line.  I am the "baby" which means I could end up being last in my generation.  I don't know but it is lonely already as we are spread out and thin.

Lifting you up in a difficult  time.
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Post by: sojourner on February 13, 2018, 08:38:29 AM
Thanks to all for your thoughts and prayers.

It's now been 2 weeks since my sister's passing, and a week and a half since her funeral. The whole experience with my first major loss since LH's death has been brutal. It was beyond heart-breaking to witness it all again. LH's death was relatively easy and pain-free compared to hers. I feel so much for my BIL. It was gratifying to see that he and his family had so much extended family and friend support as she lingered beyond what anyone expected, and I'm grateful I could be a part of that support. I wish I could've had that.

Definitely, it was worse losing my husband, my partner in our 29 & a half year life together, followed by the collateral damage of losing who I was with him. But this sure is not easy, regardless. One song in particular from her funeral services keeps running through my head, and gives me much comfort knowing I'll see them again, and that ultimately I'll be okay again no matter how tough things are now. "It Is Well With My Soul" is the song; people who like or are familiar with classic hymns will probably recognize it. The first verse goes:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

(The author was Horatio Spafford, who wrote it after a family tragedy.)

Between LH's diagnosis in '12, through his illness, decline, then death in '14, through my sister's diagnosis the following summer to her death now, and some significant issues with myself (ended up with 2 knee replacements, which isn't "supposed" to happen to a healthy person in their early 50's) and my children along the way, plus the death of my father and other relatives, so much of my life the last 6+ years has been about illness, death and loss.

I began seeing a counselor in preparation for losing my sister. One recent discussion after my sister's death centered on how I need to develop ways to start rebuilding and really living life again, and what I want that life to look like. My loved ones would wish for their survivors to continue to build their lives and thrive, as I would for my loved ones when I myself die. So, I'm trying to focus in that direction now, as a positive way of helping process everything. That's alot to think about, so baby steps...

Again, many thanks to all!
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Post by: Wheelerswife on February 13, 2018, 09:00:20 AM
I began seeing a counselor in preparation for losing my sister. One recent discussion after my sister's death centered on how I need to develop ways to start rebuilding and really living life again, and what I want that life to look like. My loved ones would wish for their survivors to continue to build their lives and thrive, as I would for my loved ones when I myself die. So, I'm trying to focus in that direction now, as a positive way of helping process everything. That's alot to think about, so baby steps...

sojourner,

I am so sorry for your losses. 

This last paragraph strikes a chord with me...trying to figure out how to really live life fully again.  I know I have been working on that for years...and sometimes it really does take baby steps.  I have also found that after a series of baby steps, a big leap might be required now and then.  The baby steps seem to prepare for the leaps.  You have just been through a significant loss, so you may need to take those baby steps for a little while.  Follow your heart...or your head...whichever is your lead in decision-making.

Hugs to you,

Maureen
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Post by: sojourner on February 15, 2018, 09:15:10 AM
Thanks, Maureen. Yeah, this re-invention can be daunting. I used to be a mostly stay-at-home mom and wife, doing tons of volunteering, and a part-time employee.  I'm no longer a wife, and in a year I'll be an empty-nester, so my whole identity/roles in life have been turning upside down.

I've been considering a change that'd involve a relatively short move but still keep me close enough to my remaining sister and my kids. I'd need to wait for my youngest to graduate high school next year. But other than that, I feel life's too short to stay one place when you're pretty certain you'd be happier elsewhere. I think a leap is coming, but in the meantime I'm baby-stepping towards what I think I want to do. I'd hate to rush into something only to find out after the fact that renewed grief clouded my judgement. Working through that with my counselor, too. But I expect in a year or so, my life will look very different from today. It has to, really.